The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program faculty contribute to the scientific foundation of physical therapy practice by conducting studies that improve our understanding of human movement, physical function, and disability across the lifespan. Faculty research is supported by several core laboratories located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, which features over 5 million square feet of research, educational and clinical space on 227 acres.

In addition to core research facilities, Program faculty collaborate with other scientists both regionally and nationally to conduct interdisciplinary and translational research. Funding for faculty research comes from a variety of sources including the National Institutes of Health, national foundations, including the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and societies including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our faculty are routinely invited to present their research findings in scientific publications and at local, national, and international conferences.

Research Facilities & Labs

Physical Therapy Program faculty are actively engaged in the growing network of clinical and translational research conducted on the Anschutz Medical Campus and in the profession. 

Research conducted by Physical Therapy Program faculty is supported by research teams, centers, a variety of satellite laboratories and clinical research sites located across the medical campus and surrounding community. Learn more about our research efforts through our PhD site. 

The newly developed CU Rehabilitation Science Consortium is a shared workspace and meeting place for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, and research assistants who conduct research with faculty in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Learn more about our research efforts through our PhD site

Faculty Research Interests


There are numerous opportunities to get involved in research conducted by Physical Therapy Program faculty. Observation, work study, and clinical research affiliation opportunities are available for students in the entry-level DPT Program. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows who are interested in conducting research with one of our faculty mentors. Our faculty also welcome opportunities for new interdisciplinary collaborations with investigators at AMC and the surrounding community. ​

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